Patient Satisfaction Scores

For the past fifteen years that I have been an employed physician the subject of patient satisfaction scores have been a very sore subject amongst doctors.   No one ever buys into it.  The reasons are probably many.  The biggest objection is having your payments affected it by it.  I understand that.  The companies that…

More Stupid Joint Commission Tricks (sent in by a reader)

I am an anesthesiologist, and JCAHO makes us label our propofol syringes, ‘propofol’. Like there are any other milky white liquids on an anesthesiologist’s cart? We are also supposed to write the date, our initials, and the name of the drug and the concentration of each drug in each syringe. In cardiac anesthesia I have…

Readmissions

Hospital readmissions are a huge problem because many of them can be prevented.   This is why the government and insurance companies are squeezing hospitals and holding their feet to the fire by penalizing them if those readmissions do occur.   Call it a carrot or a stick but the result is the same.  “Readmission…

Tag Lines for Authentic Medicine

One of my oldest and dearest patients congratulated me on my story in the AP.   She is in her late eighties and is really a sweet old lady. We love her at the office.  She didn’t understand what the story was about, however.  “Are you fighting for doctors?”, she asked.   Not exactly.  What…

ZDoggMD and XMAS

 

A new video from my buddy, ZDoggMD.

A musical telethon to benefit the poor souls taking call on the holidays. Performance by Band-Aged. A parody of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

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Physician Burnout

I truly believe that the public doesn’t understand what physicians do every day.    We never had a reason to educate them before.   All patients ever see is their doctors come into that small room, listen to their stories, hopefully give them some help, and then leave.   Unfortunately, outside of that sterile box…

Drug Reps Now Hospital Reps

I do not hate drug reps.   That being said, I understand that Maine is a whole different animal and maybe the reps are different here.  I have been around long enough to remember the heyday of golf tournaments, expensive dinners, etc.  Heck, I wrote the parody called Diary of a New Pharmaceutical Rep all…

Stupid Questions (sent in by one of our readers)

Ok, I’m used to hearing the preop nurses ask my epidural steroid injection patients if it’s ok to give a blood transfusion if needed. However, the new question I heard yesterday was mind-blowing for its sheer stupidity: “Do you mind if Dr. Greywater has technical assistance during the procedure?” In other words, do they mind…

Activism and Dialogue

Welcome.  Many of you have come to this site because your local paper put out an Associated Press article about me.  I want to thank them and writer David Sharp for his great piece.   I never had thought of myself as an activist before but WTF, let’s do this. I am a family doc…